TruSpeed Solidifies Championship Placings at Mid-Ohio
Aug. 7, 2012 - Lexington, OH - TruSpeed Motorsport endured a rough weekend in Pirelli World Challenge competition at Mid-Ohio, battling weather and mechanical troubles in rounds 10 and 11 of the 2012 season. TruSpeed entered the weekend fighting for valuable points in the team, driver’s and manufacturer’s championships, and left Mid-Ohio with a 3rd place finish for Lawson Aschenbach in Sunday’s race as the bright spot.
Team Manager Tyler Tadevic said, “It was a rough weekend for us. The weather was particularly tough on Saturday night, which made for a really green track on Sunday morning. Honestly, we struggled a little with setup on all three cars, but we made the most of it in Sunday’s race with Lawson’s car.”
Aschenbach qualified 7th for Satruday’s race and went on to climb one position during the race, finishing 6th. The team experienced a driveline problem on Brett Sandberg’s #47 Monticello Motor Club Porsche ahead of qualifying, but was able to repair it in time for Sandberg to qualify 11th. He also climbed one position during the race, finishing 10th. Jeff Courtney, driving the #99 Kenda Tire Porsche, qualified 14th for race one, but retired with a mechanical problem.
Grid positions for Sunday’s round 11 were set by qualifying times for Saturday’s race, and the team’s improvements in position were amplified by that fact. Aschenbach started 7th and was able to pick off all three Cadillacs - General Motors entered a third factory Cadillac to fend off Porsche’s surge in the championship - during the race, going on to finish 3rd behind the two all-wheel drive Volvos in changing weather conditions. Sandberg went on to finish 11th on Sunday, and Courtney came home 10th.
In finishing 3rd, Aschenbach overcame a spin on the pace lap to secure the final podium position, but SCCA Pro Racing officials fined Aschenbach $1,000 and 20 points post-race for retaking his starting position after the spin.
"It was a crazy race," Aschenbach said. "The rain, obviously, makes everything interesting. I guess you could say we were the best of the rest today. This Porsche GT3 was just flawless. Everybody at TruSpeed, Privacy Star and Entrust gave me a great car today. The conditions were really, really tricky, especially with being laid down, Touring Cars and GTS cars. It was just a hectic race. Hats off to the team. I'm very proud of the third and hopefully we can carry the momentum to Sonoma."
TruSpeed Motorsports was founded in 2001 by Rob and Charles Morgan, over the years racing in the Grand-Am Rolex Sports Car Series, the IMSA GT3 Cup Challenge and World Challenge. TruSpeed runs a robust arrive-and-drive and trackday business, as well as a street and race car sales and service facility in Orange County.
For information about TruSpeed’s racing, performance car sales and service, visit: http://www.truspeedmotorcars.com